Welcome. Thanks for coming. Ramazan Mubarak. I am Michael Dodman and I am so happy to have began my work as the US Consul Basic in Karachi.
I wish to begin by saying simply how a lot I’m trying ahead to attending to know the individuals of this superb metropolis and all through Sindh and Balochistan. It’s a large honor for me to symbolize the US right here.
I am positive lots of you knew my predecessor, William Martin, who left over the weekend for his subsequent project in the US. Many Pakistanis I met even earlier than arriving in Karachi final week remarked to me about William’s sturdy and frequent engagement with the media. Following his instance, and with the assistance of our wonderful Press crew on the Consulate, I sit up for doing the identical. I hope that is solely the primary of many alternatives we could have over the approaching years.
Let me say only a couple phrases about myself. I have been an American diplomat for 25 years. My profession focus has been financial development and improvement. Within the years earlier than and after the autumn of the Berlin Wall I labored in Central and Jap Europe to advertise financial reform and construct nearer financial relations with the US and nations like Poland and the Czech Republic. I did the identical in Turkey and Iraq.
The lesson I’ve drawn from this work is that U.S. assist and small quantities of focused help can assist advance financial reform. In all of the nations that I’ve had the pleasure to serve, our objective was a robust and steady financial system and a long-lasting financial partnership with the US.
And that is why I am right here in Karachi. Let me be clear: the US needs to see a robust, affluent and peaceable Pakistan. We wish to see the individuals of Pakistan reap the advantages of sturdy financial development. And we hope that rising financial ties between our two nations will translate right into a stronger bilateral partnership.
However over 20 years of engaged on this, I’m sure that the important thing to Pakistan’s financial improvement will not be the US. We can assist, however financial success will solely come from inside Pakistan itself.
I’m satisfied that Pakistan has what it takes to attain the long run that the Pakistani individuals need and deserve. And Karachi is vital to that future, with a younger and rising inhabitants, a thriving enterprise group, and a location that makes this metropolis a pure hub for regional commerce.
In order I deliberate my first week as Consul Basic, I requested my workers to place collectively a gaggle of younger enterprise entrepreneurs for a dialogue on my very first day on the job.
The people you see behind me are only a small pattern of the numerous younger Pakistanis in Karachi and all through this nation who’ve determined to take the danger of beginning a enterprise, and dedicated to working extremely onerous to make it thrive.
Younger entrepreneurs like these are the way forward for Pakistan, in order I begin out my project I needed to listen to from them concerning the alternatives and challenges they face. What I heard made me optimistic about Pakistan’s future.
I additionally requested for his or her ideas on how we can assist assist the event of Pakistani entrepreneurs. We have already got quite a few U.S. authorities help applications focused on financial development. However I wish to ensure that the Consulate right here in Karachi is doing the whole lot we are able to to assist financial development.
Let me emphasize that our chat right now was solely the beginning of a dialogue that I sit up for persevering with within the weeks and months forward.
My plan for the approaching days is to proceed to fulfill with a sampling of Karachi’s vibrant civil society and naturally with authorities officers and different establishments. My hope is to get to know Karachi and the remainder of Sindh Province, in addition to Balochistan, to have the ability to higher assist financial development and construct nearer ties between our two nice nations. Since my objective right now and in these early conferences is primarily to hear and study, I hope you’ll perceive that I haven’t got an excessive amount of to say this morning.
I wish to thank all our company for coming to my Residence right now, each these spectacular younger entrepreneurs and our mates from the media. I sit up for attending to know all of you and dealing with you throughout my time right here in Karachi. And once more, Ramazan Mubarak.